March 2021 Newsletter

Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project 

On Wednesday 7th April, Connected Sociologies will present their fifth webinar, ‘Slavery, Indenture and the Plantation Economy’. 

You can book onto the event for free here

Additional video lectures have also been added to the online modules. These include: 
Gendering Modernity: Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives’ by Professor Anne Phillips, London School of Economics

‘Global Supply Chains and Unfree Labour’ by Professor Genevieve LeBaron, University of Sheffield 

‘Racialised Capitalism’ by Dr Lisa Tilley, Birkbeck University of London
 The Sociological Review is delighted to be supporting The Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project. Connected Sociologies responds to these challenges by providing resources designed to support students and teachers interested in ‘decolonising’ school, college, and university curricula. There are currently four modules on the website; follow them on Social Media for updates @CSociologies.


Current Issue

Our Current Issue, Volume 69 Issue 2, March 2021, includes James Rosbrook-Thompson’s ethnographic study of a football club in London, examining the construction and understanding of mixed-race identities amongst young people. 

A selection of our Online First papers include an exploration of clutter and the moralising discourses surrounding it by Sophie Woodward. Vik Loveday’s study of manager-academics and perceptions of the UK’s higher education sector highlights the impact of university marketisation.  


Illustration: Olivia Wilson

Art and Representation  

Every month we have a very exciting batch of themed blogs, original images and illustrations, book reviews and free-to-view articles to share with you via our digital platforms. Throughout March we turn our attention to art and representation, covering a set of related topics that have proved rich sites of analysis for sociological inquiry.It is against this backdrop that we are delighted to be able to bring you a set of excellent pieces of writing, which address a range of distinct-but-related questions emerging from art and representation. Pierre d’Alancaisez’s blog piece interrogates art’s ideas of political solidarity and allyship as they appear today, asking whether artists and institutions are enacting frameworks of solidarity or merely lobbying for their own interests.Siobhan McGuirk offers a timely analysis of virtual spaces taken up by arts institutions during the coronavirus pandemic, considering the aesthetic and cultural trends to emerge during this period. In terms of our visual offering this month – and as with all of our digital themes – we have an Image Maker in Residence. Laura Harris, a talented sociological filmmaker, uses film and still images to explore art-adjacent labour, which is crucial to the functioning of the gallery, and the production of sites of representation in and around exhibitions. Additionally, we also have the work of illustrator Olivia Wilson to look forward to; these wonderful artistic images have been produced especially with the theme in mind.Additionally, we have three papers that connect with our theme this month that will be free to view throughout the month.

We are currently open to blog pitches exploring our May digital theme, Digital Social Life. Submission guidelines here.
– The Digital Team

All of our digital themes from 2020 can be found here


Book Reviews 

Our first review is in keeping with this month’s theme of Art and Representation: Culture Is Bad For You: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries by Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor, reviewed by Timo Koren.

Described as building ‘on the corpus of what can be called the ‘critical sociology of higher education’’, Filip Vostal reviews The Social Structures of Global Academia, edited by Fabian Cannizzo and Nick Osbaldiston.

We are currently looking for reviewers for the following titles:

Clive Nwonka and Anamik Saha (editors) (2021) Black Film British Cinema II.

Peter Beilharz (2020) Intimacy in Postmodern Times. A Friendship with Zygmunt Bauman.

Zyhmunt Bauman, Peter Haffner, Daniel Steuer (Translator) (2020) Making the Familiar Unfamiliar. A Conversation with Peter Haffner.

Hannah Jones (2021) Violent Ignorance. Confronting Racism and Migration Control.

Suzanne Hall (2021) The Migrant’s Paradox. Street Livelihoods and Marginal Citizenship in Britain.

We welcome proposals for book reviews in connection with our Digital Themes, reviews of books written in non-English languages, and reviews of sociological fiction and film. To suggest a title for review please get in touch with our reviews editor at: reviews@thesociologicalreview.com.


Image: Manal Massalha (2021)

Solidarity and Care

Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic is a public platform supported and produced by The Sociological Review that documents and reports on the lived experiences, caring strategies and solidarity initiatives of diverse people and groups across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent essays include Solace in the Open: Portrait of a Towpath in East London during a Pandemic Lockdown by urban ethnographer and documentary photographer Manal Massalha. 

We are currently working on new ways to develop the archive, so watch this space for future updates!

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